MacKinnon was tried out at wing because he will have to play there to make the WJC. Hockey Canada was trying to see if he could adapt quickly.
I agree that it's a cash grab, but for most players there they do not see it as a glorified all-star game. I do not think for one second that Charles Hudon (5th round 2012 pick by Habs) or Xavier Ouellet (2nd round pick by Detroit in 2011), did not gave their all because they knew this was one of the best opportunity for them to shine in front of Hockey Canada.
16 team dynasty. Daily starts. 6F 4D 1G
F: RNH, Perry, Parise, Lecavalier, Brown, Weiss,
D: Chara, Doughty , Edler, Fowler
Prospects: J.Huberdeau, D. Brunner R. Cervenka, C.Eakin, J. Merrill,
12 team H2H, keep 17 + all farm
Daily starts 3C,3LW,3RW,6D,2G
LW- Vanek,Benn,Tanguay,Moulson, Baertschi